• Save the facade, 185 Castlereagh St
    This iconic 1912 building is part of Sydney’s history. It’s housed The Barley Mo, Cahill’s restaurant, the old Windsor tavern and most recently the Windsor. A building that has had publicity in Sydney newspapers throughout its lifetime. When we can build a 100 story building, why can’t we save the facade of buildings that make our city unique and appealing.
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  • Dutton: Withdraw the Citizenship Bill and process citizenship applications now
    A majority of the Senate are now on the record as opposing the Citizenship Bill as a whole. Even the Liberal-controlled Senate Inquiry into the Bill recommended amendments, and the Liberal-controlled Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights says aspects of the Bill are “incompatible with the right to equality and non-discrimination”. It is clear that the bill will not pass Parliament in its current form, and is likely to be voted down entirely. Yet Peter Dutton is ignoring the wishes of Parliament and continuing to apply the Bill to all citizenship applications his Department has received since April 20 2017. As of 21 September, the Department is continuing to advise applicants by letter, website, and telephone that the “old law” will not apply to them, despite it being the only current law in force. Instead applicants are being told that if they do not meet the criteria of the new Citizenship Bill, which has not been approved by Parliament, their applications will be rejected. The previous “residency calculator” has been removed from the DIBP website, and there are reports that people are being blocked from applying for citizenship at the time that they would have become eligible according to previous DIBP advice. Please help end the confusion and sickening uncertainty migrants have endured simply as a result of wanting to make Australia their home. We must also recognise that this government’s attack on citizenship began well before 20 April 2017, with the Government’s refusal to offer citizenship ceremonies to 10,231 refugees who have completed all the requirements for citizenship, including passing the test. REFERENCES Senate Inquiry into the Citizenship Bill, 5 September 2017: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Legal_and_Constitutional_Affairs/CitizenshipBill2017/Report Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights report, 12 September 2017, p.49: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Human_Rights/Scrutiny_reports/2017/Report_10_of_2017 Nick Xenophon Team statement on the Citizenship Bill, 13 September 2017, 1709pm: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Hansard/Hansard_Display?bid=chamber/hansards/4b2995f7-50df-4e5c-b14d-c943cad7b9b5/&sid=0000 Refugees arbitrarily denied citizenship ceremonies: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/feb/16/glimmer-of-hope-for-10000-refugees-left-stranded-by-australias-inaction
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  • Return Community & Residents Rights - Stop Supercar Racing Blights
    V8 car racing outside residential homes is unsafe and unacceptable. The Supercar "Noise Management Plan" recommends residents living on the racetrack "Keep doors and windows closed; seal cracks, doors and window frames using commercial or make shift products. Basic protection measures may include: adhesive sealing strips for door frames and windows , temporary vent seals, under door strip seals/draught stoppers, fill cracks using commercial foam fillers or silicon; remain in back rooms; use hearing protection; leave property during some or all of the race period". Many residents living on the racetrack have no air-conditioning, and cannot afford to go away for the race period. They are faced with living in the above conditions for 3 x 10 hour days. Please note there are at least 3 ladies in the area that are pregnant, one of whom is expecting her baby to born the event weekend. The Heritage Conservation Areas of Newcastle and Newcastle East is wholly unsuitable for V8 Super Car street racing. The race preparations have seriously degraded residential amenity, homes are being damaged and convict hewn sandstone blocks are being sawn up for the benefit of the layout of the Supercars race track. Businesses are suffering some have closed and one successful business has already lost $70000 in takings. To add insult to injury hospitality is being outsourced to Brisbane or Sydney Supercars suppliers. The race will impact negatively on historic houses, buildings, public parks and the inhabitants on, and within, the racetrack. It will impede access to three aged care complexes located within the proposed racing area. There are over 4000 people residing in this predominantly residential area. NCC are unable to guarantee that sound levels are safe for all residents and that there will be no delay in response times to emergency and medical service. Preparations have resulted in reduced public safety and access to major tourist sites including Newcastle Foreshore Park, Horseshoe Beach, The Convict Lumber Yard, The Cowrie Hole, The Soldiers Baths, Nobbys Breakwall, Bathers Way, Newcastle Baths, Fort Scratchley, the Canoe Pool, and Nobbys and Newcastle Beaches. This will also be the case during the event. This race affects every user of the iconic East End in the lead up to and at the beginning of the peak holiday season. Our beautiful peninsula will be scaffolded and barricaded for three months each year and visitors will be discouraged from coming. The vast majority of people would detest having a 3 day car racing event on their street, or in their suburb. Please consider what residents and the wider community have been living through in preparation for, and during, 3 x 10 hour days of this car racing event. Residents are being asked to provide their private details, to a consortium, in order to be "accredited" to enter their own homes. Many residents will also be forced to walk through a concrete and wire structure, less than 1 metre from V8's racing, for over 200 metres just to get to a pedestrian bridge to get out of their home and away from this event. For residents with disabilities or mobility difficulties there is only one entry and exit, with only one lift to help over a thousand people. Supercars refuse to reveal the Sound Report and to add more insult to injury Destination NSW have given no conditions for which Supercars should comply to. We are trapped by this appallling legislation and we will be soon be trapped by an enclosure, and racing cars, circling our homes and suburb. ANALYSIS OF THE MOTOR RACING (SYDNEY AND NEWCASTLE) ACT 2008 (NSW) This is an Act that: 1. suspends the operation of other Acts protecting safety and the environment before, during and after the proposed event; 2. permits the event to be conducted on public land eventhough it would not be otherwise permitted under those other Acts; 3. permits the event to be operated by a private entity without charge and with the aim of making a profit for the private entity; 4. requires oversight of the event by a government agency, but with no right for any other person to legally challenge the competency or quality of that oversight; 5. severely restricts the actions of any other person in and around the public land where the event is being conducted; 6. prevents any other person suffering financial loss as a result of the event from claiming compensation from the private entity or the government agencies permitting the event; and 7. removes oversight of reinstatement of the public space after the event from the local Council and hands it to Destinations NSW, a government department that only has accountability for tourism. If you're interested in knowing more about the comparison of this track location in relation to other s'cars tracks in Australia head to this website https://rightracewrongplace.org/2017/07/07/compare-the-newcastle-circuit/ This video shows some of the destruction caused in preparation for this intrusive and dangerous event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPc_JXgiQB8&feature=youtu.be
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    State Government policies are destroying TAFE in SA. The short-sighted policy of making public Vocational Education and Training (VET) funding fully contestable means nothing more than taxpayers money going into the pockets of sometimes unscrupulous profit driven private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), with disastrous effects for students, employers and our economy. All South Australians own our public TAFE system. Already, over $70 million of your money is going to private for-profit RTOs while TAFE SA campuses and courses are closing, denying students access to the high quality vocational education they need for the jobs of the future. Fully contestable funding is nothing more than the ideologically driven privatisation of VET and a race to the bottom. Federally, Bill Shorten's Labor Party is backing TAFE by guaranteeing government funding, recognising the need to reverse the damage being done. It's time for South Australian politicians to do the same!
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  • The Australian Parliament House should be alcohol free
    The Parliament is a workplace, arguably, the most important one in the country. Community standards, as often stated in the Parliament, do not accept alcohol and drugs in the workplace. It is not in the interest of the health of the Parliamentarians and their staff, nor is it conducive to good decision making and responsible behaviour. The Parliament should be exemplary in this regard. This is not a political issue and should be treated in a bipartisan manner.
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  • Urging the Federal government to sign the treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons.
    More than 120 nations adopted the first international treaty banning nuclear weapons on Friday July 7, 2017 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Unfortunately the Australian Federal government have refused to take part in these historical negotiations for this treaty. The agreement is a very clear statement that the international community wants to move to a nuclear weapons-free world. As we commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the horrific nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we are urging the Federal government to join and ratify the treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons once and for all.
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  • Ask Tony Abbott to represent the views of Warringah in the Marriage Law Postal Survey.
    Polls clearly show that the vast majority of people in Warringah agree that same sex couples should have the right to marry, just as everybody else does. We want same sex couples to have equal rights. We want our local member to represent our views, not his ideology, as that is his job! Tony Abbott is a backbencher, and as such, it is his job to represent the people who live in Warringah, not to use his position as a platform to promote views that the majority of people in Warringah do not hold.
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  • Commit funding to resolve Belgrave's parking issues
    Belgrave is the ECONOMIC HEART of the Dandenong Ranges; a town which plays home to many much needed services including Centrelink, the local library, a local cinema, the soon to open Belgrave Community Hub as well as many small businesses and Victoria's premier tourist destination; Puffing Billy. Belgrave township is also located at the END OF THE 'Belgrave' Metro LINE. A consequence of this being that residents from across the Dandenong Ranges, from as far afield as Monbulk, Emerald and Olinda, use Belgrave as a day parking facility whilst commuting to the city. However, as Belgrave commuter numbers has significantly increased - allocated train station parking is at full capacity. Commuters are then forced to park in 'all day' street parking areas - leaving no available parking for customers of the established businesses in Belgrave. Furthermore, Belgrave's parking challenges are being seriously stretched by day visitors to PUFFING BILLY. With significant funding committed by the State Government to develop this local asset, Puffing Billy visitor numbers are expected to increase three fold from 260,000 p.a in 2012 to 484,000 in 2017 and an anticipated 700,000 visitors by 2022. Yet no consideration has been given as to how Belgrave may accommodate this significant increase of visitor numbers and the further pressure placed on on already overstretched parking. The ultimate impact of this lack of parking is that many residents of the Dandenong Ranges ARE UNABLE TO TO VISIT OR SUPPORT THE BUSINESSES OF BELGRAVE. We urge the State Government to urgently commit funding to address this issue by moving the current train station further along the line (behind the Cameo Cinema) thereby freeing up large sections of land for additional parking. In addition, the building of a multi layered carpark upon this land would alleviate this serious problem catering for the growth in Metro commuters and Puffing Billy visitors whilst leaving parking for the customers of Belgrave businesses.
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  • Don't widen Wynnum Road at East Brisbane
    Because it is a lot of money to achieve nothing. Poor transport planning of outer suburbs and lack of world class infrastructure leads to ineffective temporary fixes being applied and this one must be stopped. It affects many people in the suburb and tears a community apart. It won't solve the problem for commuters.
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  • Stop The Light Rail Project
    We believe cancelling the light rail project will: Save 200 trees (some, 150 year old). Save endangered wildlife in the trees. Save Aboriginal Artefacts. Save Shade for Sydney People. Save 37 million Customers that will be lost to Sydney per year. Save Sydney Businesses. Save NSW $3 billion by having Electric Buses.
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    We are being lied to by the meat and dairy industry. Fact. Just like what the immoral Monsanto has done to seed diversity and the food foundation for the globe, the meat and dairy industry and governments, particularly in the USA, have infiltrated health boards and lied to the populations around the world in the name of economic growth. - it's time to stand up for our health rather than corporate wealth! - it is a form of child abuse. - it is lies and is poisoning all of us. We are a sick, unhealthy society. - we have been tricked into eating like mankind has never eaten before. It is "black and white" (the scientific facts stand for themselves) but these bodies, backed by big $ and lawyers and lobbyists cunningly have learned from the tobacco industry's defeat and created "a shade of grey" to confuse society, hiding resultant heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, etc. let alone a massive public health bill. Please do your own research. We need to eat foods based on a Starch diet. (see John McDougall's presentation) But that's just the start, not to mention: - it's trashing the globe and a major contributor to global warming. - mass farming of animals is so cruel. In the USA today they kill 100 million animals per hour. It's immoral; such mass cruelty. There is no money in food nutrition as a form of medicine. It is about the corporate profits of the meat and dairy industries and the big pharmaceutical companies joining in on the gravy train. Oh yes, we will be told ...the jobs...jobs and oh yes, the nanny state argument. Big food corporations don’t play by moral rules. They deceive and they lie. They don't give a damn about our health. What about our health and the cost of healthcare? It's the animal foods. It's not the exercise, although that is useful. It is the animal foods. It's not the sugar that is the main problem, as bad as that is. (see Dr. Barnard's presentation) It's the meat and dairy industries which are by far the major contributors to our massive health problems. It's time to fight back and as a nation, get our health back. It's the animal foods. I encourage you to undertake your own research for your health, our children's health and for the nation's health. It is not easy to make the change and it's not your fault! It is NOT your fault. (see Dr. Lisle's presentation on The Pleasure Trap.) Last week at the airport I witnessed a family load up on a meal from McDonald's, an added purchase of large soft drinks and 6 Krispy Creme donuts (2 x 3 pack) for the 2 boys. Their two teenage boys were obese, their skin was covered with acne from these type of foods and by the time these boys will be 20 they will have suffered serious heart disease, obesity diabetes, etc. and the quality of their lives has been hijacked by corporate greed. However, the elephant in the room is the Recommended Diet. A so-called balanced Western diet will do the same to you by the age of 50-60 and is the major cause of unnecessary and prolonged suffering, a huge public health bill and premature death. After doing your own research you will learn there is no such thing as a safe balanced western diet that includes meat and dairy. Make the dairy and meat industries tell the truth! I have less of an issue, given the level of awareness now of the health issues and mandated appropriate branding on cigarette packets, if one chooses to smoke cigarettes. But the same needs to be done for meat and dairy products. The health benefit claims are false. They are cancer and heart disease-promoting products. Make these companies market the truth on their products. Just tell the truth. Eliminating cheese from one's diet will have enormous health benefits. Cheese, you will see in Dr. Barnard's presentation, is the single major contributor to obesity around the world. Dairy products weaken your bones and promote cancer. (see Dr. T Colin Campbell presentation) Just tell the truth! Label the foods truthfully. I ask you please sign and share my petition to increase the education so our nation at least knows the truth. This will be a major step forward. Thank you Mark Preece +61 (0) 401 775 999
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  • hands up for democracy
    HANDS UP FOR DEMOCRACY From a very early age I have been interested in justice, democracy, helping others and fair play for all. As a child I saw inequalities when some poor child was abused or bullied, and I think this was my grounding for my empathy for my fellow man and the politics that would deliver a humane answer to issues. As a young adult I joined a political party in the hope of making a difference, but as a married woman became disillusioned with policies that affected the family income. Now I am also discovering that policies damage our environment as well as harm our workers. I discover that the rich have the ears of the politicians and feel no concern when they rape our country, harm our environment and damage our precious icon The Great Barrier reef. Terrorism and the refugee issues are not adequately addressed. Our returned soldiers are left on the streets. Workers are losing their standards of living, their wages are being reduced while the cost of living is increasing. It is time. It is time for the Aussie Voter to stand up and be counted. It is time for the Aussie Voter to claim his Right and his Heritage. The People are Sovereign. We need to re-assert our rights to govern. We need to do this before the multinationals gain too much power through our politicians. We no longer have Democracy when the politicians listen to the few over the majority. The few are the multinationals who are not Australians and do not have a company in Australia. They are foreigners and yet they have the ear or our politicians. Why? Our desire is to bring Democracy back into politics and the Parliament; to have a government that will be concerned with, and connect with, the interests of the voters. We envisage a Parliament with greater diversity, not aligned to a single ideology, and more Democratic in their pursuit and application of governance. Scientists and environmentalists as well as the Voters are screaming bout climate change and the damage to the Great Barrier Reef, but our politicians are not hearing us. We aim for a more Direct form of Democracy that will give all people access to governance and the opportunity to be heard, in a just, fair and democratic way; to restore the rights of the Voter, to bring Democracy to all, and to have our wonderful Nation governed according to the will of the Aussie Voter who lives, breathes and works in our beautiful country. Switzerland has managed to do this for over 130 years and has a very stable economy - there is no reason why we cannot do the same. Switzerland has four referendums per year, I propose that we have two. At each referendum we can introduce laws that can be voted on by our people, and the majority will pass or reject each proposal. This is a much fairer method of voting and a better form of Democracy. Enough signatures on this petition will make this a plebiscite referendum, something our Parliament cannot ignore. Will you join us for a better future for all Aussies now, and for our future generations, our children and grandchildren and their grandchildren. This is our gift to all the future generations of Australian Citizens.
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